Undergraduate Research

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and its faculty are involved in a variety of efforts to increase student hands-on-learning through undergraduate research.   These efforts are in line with the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI); which CSN is an Affiliate Partner as of 2019.  CCURI is a national consortium of organizations dedicated to integrating undergraduate research (UR) experiences in community college STEM programs.  Research shows that students who participate in hands-on-learning research are more likely to complete their undergraduate education. 

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has demonstrated that undergraduate research in the first few years of a student’s education will:

  • Enhance the student learning through mentorship by faculty;
  • Increase enrollment in graduate programs later;
  • Provide effective career preparation for the students;
  • Aid in critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and independence;
  • Develop an understanding of research methodologies that will benefit their education; and
  • Promote an innovation-oriented mindset that students bring with them after graduation

Current Undergraduate Research Projects and Grants at CSN

Faculty Research

Ongoing faculty research projects currently underway at College of Southern Nevada include:

Nevada IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (Nevada INBRE)



Earth and Environmental Sciences


Environmental Chemistry


Biological Sciences


Student Research

Ongoing Student research projects currently underway at College of Southern Nevada include:

Student Research Awards

For More Information Contact

Dean, School of Science and Mathematics
6375 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89146
T:  702-651-5040

Why College of Southern Nevada?

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is the state’s largest (35,000 students as of Fall 2018), was founded in 1971, and is the most ethnically diverse institution within the Nevada System of Higher Education.  The institution is accredited by Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities.  CSN is the only open enrollment higher education institution in Southern Nevada.  To meet student needs, CSN has flexible schedules with day, evening and weekend classes available on three main campuses and seven learning centers. CSN specializes in Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees and workforce development that lead directly to high-demand careers and transfer to a four-year institution. The college offers 71 academic programs and over 180 degrees and certificates, including many bachelor’s degrees in specialized fields. There are also 24 degrees and certificates available entirely online. 

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